Could have spent the whole time wandering the picturesque streets. What brings me back are the great guides. We spent 4 days in Vienna before arriving in Prague and starting this tour - it was a great way to get over jet lag and see more of a city we didn't see enough of on the GAS Tour last year. Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Does anyone recommend a hotel in Vienna Center close to St. Stephen's Cathedral? Since getting older we thought we would try the Rick Steve's company and it did not disappoint. "Night walk in to Old town Square Prague was amazing We took minibus van that seated 8 (another family) and it picked us 4 of us from our Prague hotel, Hotel Hastal and delivered us directly to Hotel Mlyn in Cesky Krumlov. My husband and I will be traveling to Prague on May 2, 2016. Absolutely YES!! I enjoyed all of the musical experiences;the musicians at our first dinner in Prague to our last in Budapest and the private concert at the Dvorak Museum. Hotels were very nice and, in general, it was a very enjoyable and well-organized tour. I have to say it was one of the best nights we had there. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to four hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions. As always, knowledgeable main guides, terrific local guides (Max was exceptional) and special experiences that I wouldn't have done on my own make me glad to have done this trip. Loved our tour guides Etelka, Martin and Yuri. "Our walking tours of Prague. Katerina was very organized, knowledgable , and caring. We have been Rick Steves followers for many years. This trip surpassed my expectations! "Introductory tours in Prague and Budapest at dusk with the magnificent buildings and lighting were special moments.". Thank you. I really appreciate the balance of the visual beauty with the historical context. We'll tour the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, home to Alfons Mucha's striking stained glass; the Old Royal Palace; St. George's Basilica (when available); and the Golden Lane. Brooke was also very helpful and both seemed to work well together. i am planning on spending 4 days on each city and traveling from Prague to Vienna and from Vienna to Budapest by train. Prague has been on my bucket list for about 20 years. If we do more tours it will be with RS! It was nice to have something good to eat at midnight after a day of frustrating air travel. I agree with Ilja & James on saying overnight and spend some walking the town without the crowds. Budapest - cooking class, love to cook. The meal was awesome - really got a good sampling of the local food. The reality of their experiences struck an emotional chord in me that I had not expected. We'll return to the present in time to enjoy dinner together and catch a cultural performance, perhaps a classical concert or the quirky and uniquely Czech Black Light Theater. His knowledge of history and the city was amazing. The cooking class was great fun.". There was enough free time to explore as well. This was our first Rick Steves tour and I think it was a great fit for us. Prague, which escaped the bombs of last century's wars, is one of Europe's best-preserved cities. Rick Steves would be doing his business a big favor by keeping her for many years. Really enjoyed the whole experience Katka, Jana were great tour guides, very thoughtful and aware of the needs of the group, low-egos in their sharing and helping us have a great experience. I had no idea what the people of these countries had to endure. Everyone was well traveled and interested in exploring and learning everything there was to know. I gained a much deeper and broader appreciation of Prague and Budapest than I would have had if I had traveled there independently. Our guides Katka and Jana were very friendly and knowledgeable. Loved opera performance. I enjoyed the architecture, art, music and outdoor cafes. Excellent guides, good food, enjoyable group of fellow travelers, "Prague castle region during the day and reflections off the river when it was lit up was memorable. Amazed by it. The cruise on the Danube at night was amazing. Skip to main content. Beautiful architecture, rich culture, amazing history, delicious food, delightful people! We took a tour of the opera house in Vienna. He highlights what to see if you have 3 days, 4, 5 etc. We now have reservations for all the cities we are visiting. The pace was great, liked having free time in afternoon. I was very happy with my first Rick Steves tour. This was an amazing adventure. mosaic tile floors and lighting. If you are limited to 8 days - I would spend one less day in Prague and one more day in Budapest. She was very proud of and enthusiastic about her city as were the other guides in Prague and Budapest. "A tie: The accommodations are very good and sometimes very great and meals are wonderful. Thanks This was our first Rick Steves tour and would definitely return on another tour soon. We travel extensively and make all of our own arrangements, so this was our first try at being members of a formal tour group. I appreciated the variety of experiences, the knowledgeable guides, the pace, the seasoned and enthusiastic travelers who were part of our group as well as the time on our own to explore what we wanted. So beautiful. They are truly passionate about their countries, and gave us great suggestions about what to do in our free time. 425-608-4217, from $2,595 Guide George and local guide Jana were terrific.In Budapest, loved Matthias Church, cooking class, Danube cruise, Hungarian Folk dance/concert, and crepes at Gundel Restaurant. I was also very moved by the visit to the Pinkas Synagogue. "So many moments to select from but perhaps the night tour in Budapest with the view of the Hungarian Parliament building lit beautifully, what a view! Always had great recommendations for shopping and eating when we were on our own. Opera concert in Prague outstanding, intimate While Prague was beautiful and charming, Budapest was on a whole different level. They are so strong and resilient and their cities are beautiful. Mucha's stain glass window in the cathedral was a big wow.". ladies were fun for my wife. Our cooking class in Budapest, touring the Municipal House and other Art Nouveau beauties in Prague, a coffee break at Lobkowicz Palace. very eye-opening.". Also we ate at the Two Mary's, a riverside tavern, had nice lunch also with great views of the castle & church. Coming from the US the history and architecture of Europe is so much more varied and fascinating, the details of which were highlighted by our guides. The continental breakfast on both hotels are excellent. SO was the folk dance/concert in Budapest. I’m currently on a Central European swing, updating my guidebooks: Budapest, Prague, Vienna, Munich. The musicians and singers were mind blowing. see our FAQ. We'll send the notification email when a tour opens within a season (spring, summer, fall, winter) or region. Tour Questions? There was the stunning view of Prague from the castle and the moving tour of the Josefov neighborhood. "How can I compare the opera singers in Prague to the glorious night cruise in Budapest or compare our first dinner in Prague with the Czech musicians to the cooking class in Budapest? We are looking at spending 5 days in Prague and taking a day trip to Cesky Krumlov or spending four days in Prague and one day and evening at Cesky Krumnlov and onto Vienna the next day. Wow, wonderful. We had great accommodations close to sights of interest. A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups; Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Berlin, Prague, and Vienna come alive for you I haven't read through any of these replies. Our cooking class in Budapest was a wonderful learning experience.". Prague and Budapest are fascinating. Our fellow travelers were the best group yet. The musical performances for just our group were unexpected and amazing. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. 2) The cooking class in Budapest.". Enjoying a trdelni". Jump to bottom. Our day begins atop Buda's proud Castle Hill with an introduction to Budapest's greatest church: the sumptuously gilded Matthias Church. His directions are clear to follow and he provides ample historical information. We have individual guidebooks for each of these cities (except Bratislava, which is included in both our Vienna and Budapest books). Our trip (5 days in Prague) was in early May. The Prague part of the trip was fine, but I could have easily done it on my own. Budapest. It was also incredible to see it from the boat while on the Danube river cruise. "Most of the RS tours we've been on have been heavy on art, less so on history. The outside noise (prague) was loud and went on until at least 5 am. Both guides meshed well with each other & the entire group. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe … I believe the tour is only as good as the guide and George and Anya were really top notch. The other local guides were equally fantastic. Eszter's narration and the taste of the local liqueur (Unicum?) Denny is right about three most important words in Czech but it is in this order: pivo, prosim, dekuju. The itinerary was a good balance, "The two female opera singers were outstanding". A Rick Steves Tour never disappoints!! If I had to give constructive criticism I would say that the hotel arrangements were kind of tough. I wholeheartedly would recommend anyone to take this tour! We had enough time on our own to also explore. Many cultural opportunities in both cities, and the Christmas markets defy description. Steve and I went to a blues club in a basement grotto one night. A Rick Steves highlight for me were his customized walking tours of Old Town, Prague Castle, and the Jewish Quarter. "The baths in Budapest and the restaurant beforehand.". We didn't make any fast friends on the tour, everyone got along just fine, I think we were all within 15 years of age. After the second day, I mentioned to one of our group members that I could go home that day and feel that I had already gotten my money's worth. The air in the room did not work so we had to leave the windows open. I'll never forget seeing the memorial to the holocaust victims, seeing the tiny remembrance plaques on the sidewalk (which I wouldn't of had Martin not pointed them out) and touring the synagogues.". We found Michael & Brigitte (the owners) to be excellent hosts and VERY helpful in giving us suggestions in all our sightseeing plans, restaurants etc. "My two most favorite experiences were in Budapest and they are tied: the cooking class at Chef Parade and the Szechenyi Baths. "Among many was the initial walk across Charles Bridge in Prague. We preferred Budapest because of the food, the wine and the sites. For those of us who didn't do the thermal baths, he led us on one more guided walk. This morning we'll board our coach for the drive to Budapest. Very much enjoyed Prague and Budapest. We never regret booking a Rick Steves Tour. Cooking class was fun. Enjoy your stay in beautiful Prague. What an unexpected surprise! Max our city guide in Prague really clicked with our group. Choose any of these or all.". They add so much to the experience and make it much more meaningful. It was a great time with great beer. The hotels were first rate and the meals were uniformly delightful. Whether standing ground level, looking up, or looking down from an elevated tower or wall absolutely takes your breath away!". Katarina was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. Or vice versa: Budapest, Vienna, Prague. "Evening boat ride on the Danube - any horizon views, day or night. The tour was well organized, the hotel accommodations were excellent. ... Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, a book for each city from the Let's Go series, Rough Guide and … Loved hotel in Prague. "My favorite "wow" moment was the concert that we went to at a beautiful church in Prague. I highly recommend this tour. Simply put I loved it. Black Light Theatre - laughed, enjoyed talented people, cute stories. I even have begun working on my Czech words! Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Berlin, Prague, and Vienna come alive for you; All group transportation from Berlin to Vienna; 11 nights' accommodations (all but two are three-night stays) in memorable, centrally located hotels Food etc great! The Danube boat tour at night provided an overall wow experience.". I thought he was from New York. Most days are strenuously paced with 2–8 miles of walking, including hilly terrain and lots of stairs. The group size, guides, sites/sights included, hotel locations, bus, meals, etc. The tour guides were excellent Despite a major injury to one of us, everything went well. I loved Prague. Thanks a lot everyone. 1) the private performance in Prague's Bedrich Smetana Museum, all of ~2m from the opera singers. On our Best of Prague & Budapest in 8 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…. Look at the hotel Dvorak and see if you can get a room with a balcony or at least one facing the castle. A more cheerful "wow" was the lively folk-dance performance at the Duna Palota.". It was SO much richer with guides Peter and Katarina. Hello, Sign in. We were kept on the move and were able to see many beautiful sites in Prague and Budapest. "The cooking class in Budapest was so fun and the cookbook to take home was a nice touch.". All were fascinating tours. No other place in Europe has become popular so quickly. The daily extra reads were special - snacks, drink samples, etc. ""Wow" moment in Prague was seeing the Charles Bridge and the Castle Complex all lit up at night for the first time. Anna was very thoughtful and brought our meal in "to go" boxes to the hotel. Seeing all those names listed on the walls brought home the impact of the Holocaust to a much greater degree than other holocaust exhibits I have seen.". It left an indelible impression on me. they went out of their way to accomodate and inform us and make sure tour was an enjoyable one. We enjoyed the "little extras" like planned stops in coffee houses. Supplement $625. Jewish cemetery in Prague.". Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. That's hard...I liked the free time we had to explore on our own after our introduction to the area. Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Join us for the Best of Prague & Budapest in 8 Days! Boat: 1 hour. Etelka and our group were great travel partners. Hello, Sign in. Also in Budapest, there is a museum called the House of Terror or something like that that is housed in the building where they used to jail people in the Cold War. As always, we're sampling the local culture. Our group jelled together extremely well. George and Jana were both outstanding guides - personable, knowledgable, and enjoyable in every way! We have individual guidebooks for each of these cities (except Bratislava, which is included in both our Vienna and Budapest books). I will just mention a few things that were highlights for us. "Visually, my "wow" moment was the sunset view of Prague Castle across the Vltava during our concert on the final night in Prague. I am convinced she turns into wonderwoman when a signal is sent out. Also a bonus was the local Guide for Prague and our guide was exceptional in his attention and knowledge. Compared to the my last 2 tours I rate the guide as well as the special guides below the last tours. He was very fun and organized and sensitive to the needs of the group. We have individual guidebooks for each of these cities (except Bratislava, which is included in both our Vienna and Budapest books). I had a very nice buddy. "Castle in Prague!! Really, 10 minutes at Fisherman's Bastion?? We've brought together Eastern Europe's must-see cities — Prague and Budapest — for an eye-opening eight-day adventure. Seeing the cities during the day as well as lit up at night with the Christmas markets were such a contrast. Very enjoyable and informative tour. Try She was knowledgeable, insightful, not shy to express her opinions (in very respectable ways), and more than anything, warm and personable. No bus. Also in his post Gene refers to taking Bean Shuttle . beautiful cities, especially prague. To commemorate the Smithsonian Presents Travels with Rick Steves magazine — now on sale online, and at newsstands nationwide — Rick is blogging about the 20 top destinations featured in that issue.One of those destinations is Prague, Czech Republic. The nearby Fisherman's Bastion provides a perfect bird's-eye view of "twin city" Pest across the river, where more discoveries await. Everybody had fun and the food we made was wonderful. Made it very easy to travel and focus on the experience. Prague was an exceptional experience. I thought the itinerary was very good and I must say that Jana was quite excellent. Like Ilja said, the day ducks show up mid morning and leave mid afternoon. Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Returns & Orders. ", The tour was amazing. "Chocolate crepes at Gundel in Budapest. Both cities, Prague and Budapest, were fascinating, fun and a visual feast. "The Cathedral in Budapest on the Buda side of the river on the hill. There are times, like this, when I wish I was eloquent. The history behind each was special as well". Sure am glad your tour guides get us up and going early to beat the crowds. Everything planned worked--the company was good, our guides were good, the bus was good, the walks were too. "There were a lot, but if I had to choose one it would be the cooking class in Budapest. - Hello! Huge room, high ceiling, big windows, view of Graben, excellent breakfast. The Parliament building in Budapest at night was a huge wow moment. Budapest Hospital in the Rock - The courageous people who did everything they could to save every person that they could, and again the senseless deaths. Learning more about Nazi and Communist occupations was both sad and interesting. Really, I learned so much about the Czech and Hungarian culture thanks to both our guides. Loved the Hungarian cooking class and the resulting tasty lunch. This is one of our most active tours! However, Budapest was the big surprise for me. Prague Jewish Qtr names on the wall - so sad and senseless deaths. It was everything I had hoped for and more - truly an awesome experience. This is my 5th Rick Steve's tour. But their design and layout were awesome. On this tour, you'll explore Prague's mighty castle, swirling Baroque churches, fascinating Jewish Quarter, and sample what may be Europe's most refreshing beers. The pools in Budapest was also a lot of fun. This was our first trip overseas and I am ready to go again!. I felt like we did just about everything I would have wanted to. "the cooking class and different architectures". Katka was a wonderful guide and we had a great group of people. "The black light theater Prague was a highlight for me. Our fellow travelers were a delight. Budapest was also very pretty -- late September is a great time to see both cities (cool in the morning but perfect by afternoon!) Monika and Keith were always available to provide guidance and knowledge on how to enjoy a "Rick Steves" tour experience. 2) the tour of the Budapest Opera House, as we had been prepared to be disappointed because it is under a three year renovation and the tour's originally planned visit had been cancelled -- but Peter did the local research to find out the 'real deal' and we got a morning tour.". "During our first welcome dinner in Prague, we had musicians play at the end of our meal. Budapest boomed in the late 19th century, after the Habsburg rulers made it co-capital — with Vienna — of their vast Austro-Hungarian empire. Elvy, Emily posted the website which is easy to navigate and we booked at this time in 2015 (per Emily instructions) as we were traveling on May 1st a holiday & weekend. This tour exceeded my expectations. After free time for lunch, we'll take a tour of the classy concert halls and salons of the city's Municipal House (when available). Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Returns & Orders. The tour was everything I hope it would be. "Wow tour moments and "free" moments. We found both the drivers to be excellent..........Gene. This morning we'll hop on a local tram to take us across the Vltava River and up the hill to the most massive castle complex in continental Europe: Prague Castle. Hi, I'm Rick Steves, back with more of the best of Europe. Great Synagogue The world's second-largest, with fancy interior, good museum, and memorial … This was one of the best Rick Steves' tours I have been part of. Gratitude. this is a very good website run by my friend Jason,loads of good info and helpful instructions for things in Prague, also links to offers and discounts. I absolutely loved it.". Combined the historical highlights (my particular interest) with a great deal of information about the transition from communism. There were people traveling with spouses, friends & alone. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, A great 7 days! The Rick Steve's tour format is a wonderful way to not only learn about cities and their treasures, but also to feel comfortable with the transportation, culture etc of a place to operate comfortably and independently for the remainder of your stay in that location. Jana, Jana, and Monika put a face on a people most of us only had known as the population of occupied countries. I learned so much, every day, about the history of both cities, that I previously knew very little about. And you can also watch a video clip related to this story: Just visit Rick Steves Classroom Europe and search for Vienna.) great tour. That these were provided for just 28 people added to the delightfulness of the programs.". But I will say that my wife and I did that exact same trip in May a few years ago and absolutely loved it. The tour is a nice balance between "guided immersion" & independent free time. This was my first Rick Steves tour. Such a great experience - fun and educational. Free: The thermal baths, experience of a lifetime. This was unexpectedly poignant and fascinating. So nice to have the opportunity to be with other like-minded travelers who embrace the Rick Steves' style of travel and guides that provide deep insight into anything pertaining to the areas explored. ,". His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. This was a magnificent tour from beginning to end. December offers the benefits of no tourist crowds, and the Christmas markets and concert season are in full swing. Whatever your plans, your guide will help you get on the right track. "There were so many wow moments but the first one that I remember was the first evening taking a walk on the Charles Bridge and seeing the beautiful lit up Cathedral and spires! Hungarian cooking class, Matthias Church, the Hungarian Opera House and performance! Prague Alfonzo Mucha - Learned to appreciate his art, perfected facial expression.". Absolutely loved this tour! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. We liked that so much we did it twice. Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. In Prague, loved the Municipal House, concert at Smentana Museum, Jewish quarter, Mucha Museum, and the special food "surprises." Sleep in Budapest. In touring the many sights and learning a little about the history of both Prague and Budapest, the differences in culture and "feel" of each city was very interesting to me. "The beauty of the architecture of both cities wowed me, but the Christmas markets were my favorite.". "Hungarian cooking class was a "wow" moment, if I have to pick one! Very knowledgeable and yet personable, all at the same time. In both Prague and Budapest the tour covered the highlights and allowed free time to go to places we were interested in that weren't covered. Group dinners were also nice. It was well organized & a true learning experience for me. Though I've been to Prague independently with friends twice before, I learned and experienced so much more on this trip. Prague and Budapest were very fun and vibrant cities. At the end of our walk, we'll treat ourselves to a Hungarian feast together. Energetic, smart and genuinely adorable. Well run trip with some great additions to the itinerary that made the trip very enjoyable. Had not been to either Prague or Budapest before. Boat trip on Danube". Budapest is just an amazing city. I loved it. A little more information on the art of the city would be helpful with a summary of the museums quickly presented...overall a great use of time. "Too many to count! "Hearing the guides' personal stories about growing up behind the Iron Curtain, especially the generational perspectives differences. At the monuments, at the squares. I look forward to booking future tours with this company. Incredibly well run and organized. It was a great tour and our guides were fantastic! Ten minutes at Matthius church?? But for about the same price, we saw a ballet at the Budapest Opera House. What a historic treasure! Spatis, Trdelník, CBD — The Things You Learn in Central Europe. Very organized and on top of all details. We also spent some time in Cesky Krumlov via train from Prague. The tour guides really made the trip into an unforgettable experience! Sleep in Prague. "Thats a very hard question ! great tour guides, "I'm in construction - so the architecture of was magnificent". Vienna: If you like wine, look at having dinner in the wine villages on the outskirts of the city. For more information or to book our 9 Day Classic Central Europe vacation package, please visit: Could not believe the beauty of the city architecture, but the stone and tile roads and walk ways not always easy. One of my top 2 cathedrals in Europe.". Now all the other foreign tourist, that another matter. I found it to be a fabulous, vibrant, big city that was just a visual delight. It would have been nice to talk about current issues in both countries. 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